• Join us for Inductions

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    You won't want to miss this historic induction weekend as we induct WPRA barrel racers for the first time! The WPRA class includes Wanda Harper Bush, Charmayne James, and Star Plaudit "Red." Joining these inductees include PRCA members Randy Corley, Buck Rutherford, Enoch Walker, Tommy Puryear, Mike Beers, Cody Custer, Bob Ragsdale, Smith & Velvet, and Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days. Induction weekend is August 3-5, 2017. Click "read more" for more info.
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  • New Exhibit on the WPRA

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    A new exhibit highlighting the history of the Women's Professional Rodeo Association is now open. The exhibit highlights the 1948 start the Association through the historic 2017 ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductions, that will include barrel racers for the first time ever. Also on display is a fashion clothing exhibit, a look back at the Olympic Command Performance Rodeos, and a Horsepower section. The exhibit is open until September.
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    Since 1979, the ProRodeo Hall of Fame has been an educational and entertaining museum designed to preserve the legacy of the cowboy contests, the heritage and culture of those original competitions, and the champions of the past, present and future. Without the continue support of sponsors, members, and rodeo enthusiasts, the Hall wouldn't be able to continue it's legacy. Consider donating or becoming a member TODAY!
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These upcoming ProRodeo Hall of Fame events are all open to the public. Reservations are required for some events. To be added to our mailing list call 719-528-4732. Additional information about each event will be added as they become available.

May 1, 2017 – Museum switches to summer hours. We will be open 7 days a week from 9am-5pm.

August 3, 2017 – 30th Annual ProRodeo Hall of Fame Golf Tournament & Fundraiser

August 4, 2017 – Annual Cowboy Ball

August 4, 2017 – MUSEUM CLOSES AT NOON

August 5, 2017 – Class of 2017 Induction Ceremony

October 26-29, 2017 – 2nd Annual Cowboy Experience Hosted by The Resort at Paws Up

December 4, 2017 – 10th Annual Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala

December 15, 2017 – 31st Annual Spurs and Spikes Golf Tournament

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The fourth annual Ken Stemler Pioneer Award will be given to Western Horseman magazine at the 2017 Cowboy Ball, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs.

Western Horseman was selected for its many years of editorial support fostering the sport of professional rodeo. This dedication to marketing and promoting the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame has been a significant factor in advancing the popularity of the sport, developing new fans, informing the general public and bringing to the forefront the stories of the PRCA. This commitment to preserving the heritage of professional rodeo in true pioneer spirit is greatly appreciated.

The publication began in 1936 near Lafayette, Calif., when Paul Albert published the first issue of the magazine that served as a “voice for the horse.” After relocating to Reno, Nev., for a few years under new ownership, the magazine was moved in the late 1940s to Colorado Springs, and then, in 2010, moved to its current home of Fort Worth, Texas.

Named after the first recipient of the award in 2014, Ken Stemler, the Pioneer Award is bestowed to those who have had a huge impact on the sport of professional rodeo, the PRCA and the Hall of Fame museum. The Pioneer Award is presented in recognition of significant contributions which helped the development, growth, advancement and success of the PRCA and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and their missions. It also recognizes those who have, through their service, dedication and positive influence, enhanced the scope, reach and future success of both organizations.

Stemler was recruited by the PRCA in 1976, just as the company was about to take flight on one of the most dynamic periods of change in the organization’s history. During his 10 years with the PRCA, Stemler was at the heart of most of the sweeping innovations the PRCA undertook, starting with the creation of the money-making arm of the organization, PRCA Properties, which was modeled after NFL Properties. He was instrumental in the fundraising, design and construction of the ProRodeo Hall of Champions (now the ProRodeo Hall of Fame) and the PRCA headquarters in Colorado Springs during the organization’s move from its former home in Denver.

The Ken Stemler Pioneer Award may or may not be given annually, and is given at the discretion of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
Previous honorees include Ken Stemler (2014), Brenda Michaels (2015) and Earl and Weldon Bascom (2016).

For more information, contact ProRodeo Hall of Fame Director Kent Sturman at 719.528.4714 or ksturman@prorodeo.com.


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